Alabama coach Nick Saban expects Tua Tagavailo's quarterback to play in a crucial SEC West game with LSU, barring any pre-game warm-up issues, he told ESPN & # 39; s College GameDay.
"If he feels good in the pre-game and we do it, 'I have no failure, I think he'll be able to play,'" said Saban.
Tagavailo, who passed for 1966 yards, 27 touchdowns and two interceptions for tide No. 3, ranked through a sofa surgical procedure on Oct. 20 after suffering a high ankle sprain on his right ankle against Tennessee.He missed a 48-7 win over Arkansas two weeks ago and Alabama had an open date last week.
The quarterback had the same procedure on his left ankle last season. n after injuring him in winning the SEC Championship Game in Georgia and returning to play less than a month later against Oklahoma in the semifinals of the Christmas Football Playoff.
On Wednesday, Saban told Chris Lowe by ESPN that if there is any type of failure during the game, Alabama will not run the risk of Tagavailo who also dealt with a woven knee a year ago when he injured his ankle. went 18 for 22 for 235 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was his first career start.